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Preview | Millwall v Scunthorpe United

16 February 2016

Read our guide to this evening's League One clash

Millwall will look to climb above Coventry City into fifth place with victory over Scunthorpe United at The Den on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

The Lions go into the game with five wins from their last six League matches but face a tough test against a rejuvenated Iron side, who are themselves on a run of three successive victories.

What the managers say

Neil Harris: "This is a very different Scunthorpe side to the one we might have faced two or three weeks ago. It is clear to see that they are a team who are really playing for two caretaker managers they obviously like, so it will be another tough challenge. We have to hit the same standards we achieved on Saturday and the same we reached at Walsall. If we do that then we will be looking for another positive result." Read more from Harris ahead of the game by clicking here.

Nick Daws, joint caretaker boss of Scunthorpe: "We're massively looking forward to this game against a Millwall side who are up there doing really well and in great form. It will be a difficult challenge but one we're certainly ready for. If we play like we did at the weekend it doesn't matter who we play, because we've proved we could adapt to different formations Southend put at us based on how we were playing." Read more from Daws by clicking here.

Team news

Millwall will be without Shaun Williams, who begins a two-match suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season during Saturday's win over Rochdale. That could mean a recall for Ben Thompson, though Ed Upson, who has started Millwall's last two games in a wide position, could also move into the centre, and Jack Powell may also come into the reckoning.

Harris has been handed a boost in defence, with Mark Beevers available again following a suspension of his own. That provides the Millwall boss with a welcome selection dilemma as central pair Byron Webster and Sid Nelson have contributed to successive clean sheets over the past two weeks.

Shaun Cummings is sidelined so Mahlon Romeo and Carlos Edwards are in competition for the right-back spot, as are Shane Ferguson and Joe Martin on the left-hand side of defence.

Tony Craig remains a long-term absentee.

Scunthorpe's only fitness concern is over Luke Williams, who will be assessed ahead of kick-off after picking up a knee injury against Southend.

Jim O'Brien, Greg Luer and Dom Vose will be hoping to make their first appearances for The Iron.

Head-to-head

Tuesday's fixture will be just the 21st time that Millwall and Scunthorpe have met in all competitions.

Of the previous 20 encounters, The Iron have enjoyed nine wins compared to six for The Lions, with the remaining five matches ending in draws.

Millwall are unbeaten in their last three games against Scunthorpe though, including a 3-0 victory when the two sides last met at The Den in December 2010. James Henry and Steve Morison (2) were on the scoresheet that day.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at Glanford Park.

Betting

Sky Bet have placed Millwall as 19/20 favourites for the victory, with Scunthorpe available at 29/10 and the draw 5/2.

Lee Gregory (4/1), Aiden O'Brien (5/1) and Steve Morison (5/1) are the three favourites to open the scoring, while Scunthorpe striker Paddy Madden can be backed at 6/1.

For a comprehensive list of odds on the game, visit Sky Bet.

Coverage

Unable to make it to The Den? You can still keep up-to-date with all the action by following full match commentary on Lions PlayerHD.

Regular updates will also be available via @MillwallFC, the club's official Twitter account.

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